Mortlach Rare Old
Single Malt Scotch
Mortlach was once a hidden gem. Much of its yearly 3 million litres of spirit goes into Johnnie Walker Black Label, one of the world’s great blends. Coming from a small, eccentric distillery in Speyside, Mortlach was prized to the point it was unavailable in an official distillery bottling for many years, except in small amounts as part of Diageo’s Flora and Fauna series. More recently, Diageo decided to invest significantly in the distillery’s refurbishment and expansion leading to the creation of the Mortlach Rare Old. The whisky is a NAS whisky that is matured in a mixture of Sherry and bourbon casks.
The colour in the glass is a deep amber. A light nose that grows into dry sherry, fresh orange skins, vanilla bean, peach ice cream with black cherries, spearmint and lawn clippings.
The initial taste starts with a mild, sweet fruitiness chased by some vanilla extract and then a wood spice follow-through. This is very smooth whisky, as there is no spirit burn at all. But there is plenty of spicy bite.
The drying wood of the immediate soon flooded, as the mouth waters prodigiously. remains woody, with a faint vegetable bitterness that turns to minerals.